The Tigers pulled off a sweep of the Twins in Minnesota, winning game one of the day-night doubleheader 9-2, and taking the regularly scheduled night game 4-2. Anibal Sanchez went 5 innings in game 1 and gave up just one run on two hits.  Alex Wilson got the win in relief.  Cameron Maybin and Jose Iglesias each had two hits at the top of the order. The Tigers got a key homer from Justin Upton in the 7th to put the tigers ahead 2-1.  Victor Martinez pinch-hit homer highlighted a 6-run 9th.  Justin Verlander pitched 6 strong innings for the win in game 2, striking out 11 Twins.   Francisco Rodriguez got the save.  The Tigers managed just six hits, but Eric Aybar’s base hit knocked in two runs in the fifth and sloppy play by the Twins opened the door for two runs.   Detroit is home tonight to play Kansas City in the first of three games.  WBCK will join the game in progress tonight after high school football.

The first-place Indians come to Detroit on Monday.  The Tigers have ten games left, seven at home and the final three in Atlanta.

MLB Standings

The Astros, Yankees and Orioles all lost on Thursday, and the Blue Jays and Mariners were off.  So the Tigers move ahead of Baltimore for the second wild card spot, and are just a game behind the Jays.  David Price won his 17th game and the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the sinking Baltimore Orioles, 5-3. Boston has won eight straight to open a 5½-game lead over idle Toronto in the AL East.

Thursday Night Football

The New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans 27-0.  Jacoby Brissett completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards, and ran for 48 yards on eight carries for the New England Patriots as they took advantage of three Houston turnovers. His 27-yard touchdown run was the longest for a Patriots quarterback since 1976 and helped the Pats improve to 3-0 despite the absence of suspended quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games.  Tom Brady still has one game left on his suspension.

High School Football

It’s week 5 of the High School Football season.  In our radio game tonight, Harper Creek will be at Pennfield.

Also on the schedule for tonight:

Battle Creek Central at Niles

Lakeview at Portage Central

St. Philip at Camden-Frontier

Concord at Athens

North Adams-Jerome at Bellevue

Bronson at Centreville

Coloma at Delton

Schoolcraft at Galesburg-Augusta

Stevensville-Lakeshore at Gull Lake

Parma Western at Hastings

Homer at Springport

Maple Valley at Olivet

Marshall at Jackson Lumen Christi

Reading at Quincy

Jonesville at Union City

Tekonsha at Litchfield

Saturday, Bark River-Harris (from the U.P.) at Climax-Scotts

College Football

Michigan hosts Penn State this Saturday.  Broadcast time is 2:30 on 104.9 The Edge.

The 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers visit on No. 8 Michigan State this weekend.   The secret is out at Number 11 Wisconsin: Alex Hornibrook will start at quarterback on Saturday against 8th ranked Michigan State.  Coach Paul Chryst said Thursday that Hornibrook would take over behind center after Bart Houston started the first three games.  Hornibrook is a redshirt freshman in his second year in the Wisconsin program Hear the Spartans-Badgers game at 10:30 this Saturday morning on WBCK.

WMU hosts Georgia Southern this Saturday at Waldo Stadium.

Lions

The Lions head to Green Bay this Sunday. Ameer Abdullah's foot injury likely means Theo Riddick will get a chance to prove he can be an every-down running back.  Abdullah was placed on injured reserve this week. Riddick, who is already a proven threat in the passing game, had a career-high 11 carries for 37 yards against the Titans.  Broadcast time is 12 noon on 104.9 the Edge.

World Hockey

The United States wrapped up a disappointing, winless performance at the World Cup of Hockey with a 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic Thursday night.  Previous losses to Team Europe and Canada eliminated the U.S. from contention, and its round-robin finale had no meaning for either team. With an 0-3-0 record and a minus-6 goal differential, the U.S. finished seventh among eight teams, ahead of only Finland.

NASCAR

NASCAR’s next race is this Sunday at 2pm at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Volleyball

KCC lost to Muskegon Community College in three to fall to 2-10 and 2-5 in the conference.  Their next match will be at home against Anicilla on the 29th at 6:30pm.  It’ll be will be T-shirt and Poster night and will be featuring Olivia Smith, outside Hitter from Thousand Oaks, CA.

Olivet 3, Pennfield 0.

Tekonsha 4, Litchfield 0. Tekonsha sweeps the doubleheader.

Boys’ Soccer

The Battle Creek Central boys’ soccer team beat Loy Norrix 1-0.  Isaac Engelhardt had the shutout.  Cesar Duran scored on a penalty kick.

Harper Creek 1, Pennfield 1.

Marshall 1, Lumen Christi 0. Kurt Kraushaar and Jack Vezmar combined for the shutout.

Delton Kellogg 2, Kalamazoo Home School 1.